Saintly Places

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Duration: 35 minutes

Exploring the reasons why certain towns and villages are associated with saints of old, Diane Louise Jordan joins the St Albans festival procession and discovers the stories behind St Neots and St Bees. Hymns, celebrating saints, include Make Me a Channel of Your Peace.

Music Played

7 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • For All The Saints - The Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir

    Location: Chester Cathedral, Tune: Sine Nomine, Arranged By: David Ogden

  • When The Saints Go Marching In - Putney High School

    Conductor: Wendy Archibald, Composer: Rick Hein, Location: BT Convention Centre, Liverpool

  • King Of Kings, Majesty - Jarrod Cooper

    Words and Music: Jarrod Cooper, Location: Beverley Minster

  • Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace - All Angels

    Arranged by: Simon Lole, Location: Hexham Abbey

  • Fairest Lord Jesus - The Congregation of Halifax Minster

    Tune: St Elizabeth, Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright, Location: Halifax Minster

  • God So Loved The World - Darwin Voices

    Composer: Bob Chilcott, Conducted by: David Leeke, Location: St Peter’s Church, Cound

  • Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided - Choir and Congregation of St Oswald's Church, Sheffield

    Tune: Thornbury, Music: Basil Harwood (1859-1949), Location: St Oswald’s Church, Sheffield

  • Interviewees

    Rev. Richard Coles
    The Reverend tells Diane how religious people looked to the saints as local heroes, and this led to communities being built around the stories of the local saints. He tells the unlikely tale of St Rumwold (also known as Rumbold) of Buckingham, and explains how these unlikely stories help us understand "what it's like to live a godly life". He also claims everyone has the potential to be a saint.

    Liz Davies
    St Neots Museum Curator who tells the curious tale of the alleged theft of St Neot's bones from Cornwall which brought prestige to the monks of the former Ainsbury Priory.

    Julia Low
    The Cathedral Guide explains how the images of St Alban in the Cathedral tell the story of his Christian conversion and ultimate martyrdom for the cause of his Christian faith.

    Matt Wrathall
    Former addict who arrived in St Albans in 2010, then homeless, but found himself drawn to the Cathedral.  It became his spiritual home and he is now an active member of the congregation, taking part in the 2013 Alban Pilgrimage procession.  Speaking of the turnaround in his life, he likens his circumstances to those of Alban who was also "lost until he found Christ."


Diane Louise Jordan
Mark Warburton
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra


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